South Side community honors murdered men with ‘World Peace Day’

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A South Side community gathered Sunday to celebrate what they are calling World Peace Day. They are honoring two men murdered minutes apart last year and preaching a message of coming together to try an end  Chicago’s violence.

One of the men killed, Willie Cooper was a deacon at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in the South Shore neighborhood and was on his way to work. The other man, Eric “Guitar” Davis was a blues guitar player on his way home from work.

Now that police say they have their killers, their families want to work to prevent more violence.

The congregation at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church dressed mostly in red today to represent the blood spilled in violence. They honored Cooper and Davis who were shot and killed last December. Police say two 23-year-olds are responsible. They have been charged with first degree murder.

The church’s message comes near the end of a violent weekend in which a 16-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man were killed and 26 others were injured in violent crimes since Friday.

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